All three teens responsible for attacking and causing the death of a physically challenged man are now in custody, but a hit-and-run driver is still at large, police said.
Dallas police said two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old were charged with capital murder for the death of 61-year-old Sam Morris.
Morris was on Cummings Street walking home from the store Saturday night when police said a group of six to eight juveniles ranging in age from 10 to 14 chased him with the intension of robbing him.
Police said the three teens in custody attacked Morris. They struck him in the head and he fell into the roadway. While he was lying either stunned or unconscious, he was hit by a car that did not stop.
Morris' brother Robert spoke to FOX4. He was out of town at a funeral for his wife's mother when he got the call from police. He said he never expected to get a call his brother was gone, but he wasn't surprised how it happened.
The teens regularly harass the elderly in the neighborhood, Robert Morris said. His brother was an easy target because he had diabetes and walked with a limp.
Neighbors said Cummings Street, near Sunnyvale in Dallas, is usually quiet and safe. Elisha Pease Elementary is right across the street. But teens roaming the streets at night around them are a problem.
"Every night you see teenagers like five or six yelling, music banging. Why you not at home? Don't you got school tomorrow? I know school is out but summer jobs? Something to occupy your time but they be in the streets," said Sam Morris' neighbor Johnthan Nealy.
Robert said his only brother, who is a father of seven, moved in with him from California about a year ago after being estranged for decades. He's grateful they got one last year together.
"I have memories. That's all I got now. But other than that, best brother someone could ask for," he said.
Titus Smith is a life-long resident of East Oak Cliff and the pastor at nearby Holy Temple Church.
"We have to keep a hold, a reign on our children to know what they are doing and who they are hanging with," he said. "Because everybody you hang with is not good for you. So that's my big concern -- where are the parents?"
Police did interview several other juveniles who were in the group that night, but they are confident the three in custody are the ones responsible for the crime.
They are asking for help from the public to identify the driver of the car that hit Morris. They've received conflicting descriptions of that vehicle.
They also want a couple of witnesses who stopped to help Morris to come forward to help in the investigation.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Det. Eric Barnes at 214-283-4818.
KDFW FOX 4
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